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Symposium (Oxford World's Classics) (edition 2009)

by Plato (Author)

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Plato, Allan Bloom wrote, is "the most erotic of philosophers," and his Symposium is one of the greatest works on the nature of love ever written. This new edition brings together the English translation of the renowned Plato scholar and translator, Seth Benardete, with two illuminating commentaries on it: Benardete's "On Plato's Symposium" and Allan Bloom's provocative essay, "The Ladder of Love." In the Symposium, Plato recounts a drinking party following an evening meal, where the guests include the poet Aristophanes, the drunken Alcibiades, and, of course, the wise Socrates. The revelers give their views on the timeless topics of love and desire, all the while addressing many of the major themes of Platonic philosophy: the relationship of philosophy and poetry, the good, and the beautiful.… (more)
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nature of love
  ritaer | May 10, 2021 |
Plato's account of love. Good and short. ( )
  Neal_Anderson | Mar 18, 2021 |
The Origin of Love song from Hedwig and the Angry Inch perfectly summarised this book, which is why I'm interested in reading this for the first time.

"And there were three sexes then,
One that looked like two men
Glued up back to back,
Called the children of the sun.
And similar in shape and girth
Were the children of the earth.
They looked like two girls
Rolled up in one.
And the children of the moon
Were like a fork shoved on a spoon.
They were part sun, part earth
Part daughter, part son."

--The Origin of Love, Hedwig and the Angry Inch ( )
  bellacrl | Jan 19, 2021 |
Re-reading for the third time for my thesis. The Symposium features lengthy discussions on the topic of love (eros) in the context of a dinner party. This was a society that idealised homoerotic relationships, specifically paederastic ones between a boy & older male. This transactional erotic-educational relationship reveals the gender & power dynamics of Athenian society, & the kind of values they held. Love was seen as something that ideally led to self-improvement in moral & virtuous terms, & relationships with women could never be as idealised because women were seen as lower in status than slaves (Plato's Republic).

Eros was something that described love, & it was also the name of a god. Socrates however broke convention when he conceptualised Eros outside the narrow context of interpersonal relationships, & introduced the idea that it is instead a daimon- an intermediary between human & gods. Love is an active force, one that demands your own involvement with your self-improvement. For him, love was to be understood in normative, idealised terms as a force that allowed humans to philosophically contemplate on the nature of Beauty and the Good. Eros, as a manike (madness) is hard to control, & therefore the good lover is one who has to go through a process of ascension before they can finally contemplate the final nature of the Good & “give birth” to good discourses, good arts & works, in order to achieve immortality in that form.

Of course what is most popular in the Symposium is actually the speech of Aristophanes when he said the gods had to split humans in half because together, they were so powerful they threatened the power of the Gods. And since then, humans have roamed, looking for their lost half. Very romantic! But to me, also very revolutionary. They don’t want us to find & love each other. And when we do, we could overthrow them. ( )
1 vote verkur | Jan 8, 2021 |
An insightful discourse on love. It stretches the brain muscles and forces you think about love in a different light. ( )
  kimberlyrivera1473 | Sep 23, 2020 |
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Plato, Allan Bloom wrote, is "the most erotic of philosophers," and his Symposium is one of the greatest works on the nature of love ever written. This new edition brings together the English translation of the renowned Plato scholar and translator, Seth Benardete, with two illuminating commentaries on it: Benardete's "On Plato's Symposium" and Allan Bloom's provocative essay, "The Ladder of Love." In the Symposium, Plato recounts a drinking party following an evening meal, where the guests include the poet Aristophanes, the drunken Alcibiades, and, of course, the wise Socrates. The revelers give their views on the timeless topics of love and desire, all the while addressing many of the major themes of Platonic philosophy: the relationship of philosophy and poetry, the good, and the beautiful.

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The Symposium, Plato’s meditation on passionate love, or the Greek erōs, is both pivotal to our understanding of his wider philosophy and one of Ancient Greece’s greatest and most beautiful literary triumphs. In a lively dialectic, Plato considers love’s complex nature, distill- ing the desire for physical love from the love of virtue and goodness, and guiding us to a recognition and appreciation of true Beauty, in its essential and unchanging Platonic Form. As A. C. Grayling explains in his new foreword, we discover that ‘love is in essence the desire for all kinds of good there can be – happiness, nobility, moral goodness, beauty itself ’
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